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Baylor, Texas Southern Postgame Quotes

Jan. 2, 2011

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RV/23 BAYLOR 68, TEXAS SOUTHERN 60 - Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Sunday, January 2, 2010 - Attendance: 5,437


Head Coach Scott Drew
Opening Statement:
"First of all, people do not realize that Texas Southern is a very quality team. They got two players just eligible. They played Iowa State very close, Arkansas was a three-point game at Arkansas with three minutes to go, they beat Texas State soundly. They are a better team than most people realize. The point guard was at USC and Kentucky; left Kentucky because John Wall came in and he knew he was not going to play there. They have got the preseason player of the year in the conference. Harrison is a transfer from Texas and they are seniors, that is the first thing and they deserve a lot of credit. Second thing for us is that this is just what we needed, and that was a close game in which we were able to execute down the stretch and get some confidence from that. So I think that was just what the doctor ordered. As a coach you do not want to go through that, you want to have that lead and not worry or stress, but this was good for the team and I think will help with Big 12 play because we will have a lot of close games.”

On the defensive performance:
“When you are not shooting very well, that is where you have got to win in other areas and other fashions. I thought defensively, especially first half, we were really good. The offensive rebounding was very critical for us and that is important because you are not going to shoot well every night. We shot 29 percent first half and not all of them were great looks, but a number of them were.”

On the team’s bench play:
“I think you look at Fred (Ellis), he had nine and a big three and made some big plays defensively. I think BoBo did a good job in there. I know we would like to make some more free throws, but again, at the end of the game you want to be able to win close games because that really gives you confidence. This was something that we needed.”

Sophomore Guard A.J. Walton
On finding team cohesiveness:
“We have been practicing a lot, but in practice you cannot simulate how it is going to be in a game. For us to come out in the second half and pick it up shows a lot. We just came out and did what we had to do.“

On the offensive performance:
"They were pretty big. They opened the floor up. We knew they were going to double on Lace and pay more attention to him. Being the good player he is, he is unselfish so he swings the ball and got us open shots. We have to stay in the gym so we can keep knocking shots down like that.”

Senior Guard LaceDarius Dunn
On the offensive performance:
"The first half, I think that it was a little cold and not so pleasant. I know for me it was hard to shoot how I normally shoot being cold and trying to get loose. We got it together. The second half we came out there and got a little more intense with A.J. running the one and leading the team and executing well. I think we did a great job of taking our time and not letting them rush us into a bad situation. We did a great job of executing and taking our time.”

On preparing for Big 12 play:
"I just know that we will take it one game at a time and every practice we will work hard to get better and get prepared for the next team. Like I say, we are coming into a big, tough conference with a lot of great teams. We know we are going to have our hands full so we have got to get ourselves together and get focused and get ready.”


Head Coach Tony Harvey
On the team:
“It has been tough, I am still without two guys who could have helped us out tremendously but those are the things we have to deal with. Our record doesn’t indicate, in any way, what type of team we are or have a chance to become or be. We have played in hostile environments; you know it’s just really tough. We have only had one home game, and we have been in a lot of ball games. Early on we were starting two walk-ons. We had five scholarship players and four walk-ons. It was different environments that we were in. All I can say is that I think, in essence, we are becoming a better team. You know, where we are located, we have three seasons. First non-conference, second conference, and third is championship week. I know that if I go 28-0, it doesn’t matter because we are still in a one-team bid league. ”

On playing a zone defense:
“One of the things I said to our team was that we have descent length. When you look at us in our league, we are like you guys in (the Big 12 Conference). We have good length and that kind of thing there, and I tried to talk to our guys all week about Baylor’s length. Our mentality as we move forward will be, Syracuse is the guru of the zone in the Big East, I am going to be the guru of the SWAC. I am going to zone you, I am going to find all kind of different ways to trap you.”



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